Three Seasons Cafe may be one of the most popular diners on US-2, though that’s not saying much. Not only is it on the biggest road in the Upper Peninsula, it’s also fairly popular among locals and of course those staying at the nearby Gray Wolf Lodge.
If you’re in Manistique and want pasties, this may not be the place. It’s a diner so expect diner food and I guess this is what a diner pasty is. It comes with a cup of gravy if you want a little extra flavor and if you want it without fixings, that’s do-able.
The crust was strangely soft and I had to eat mine with a fork, which I try to avoid, even in restaurants. I assume the pasties are pre-cooked and then reheated and that’s why they’re so soft, but I’ve had reheated pasties before and none of them were as soft. The crust tasted fine, but the sogginess and lack of flake made the taste not matter.
The meat was equally interesting as it had some kind of seed in it. The menu lists it as beef, but the seeds changed the flavor a bit and I couldn’t figure out what the seeds were… almost like poppy seeds, but that wouldn’t be right. The mixture was good, the ratio worked and it tasted close to a normal pasty, but the soft crust kind of ruined it for me. Every bite tasted the same and that wasn’t a good thing because it was soft and mushy.
These pasties are also high on the scale of putting a rock in your stomach. If you get full easily, probably don’t eat all of the gravy or stuff yourself at the salad bar (which comes with the $10 pasty).
Taste: 3 (out of 5)
Crust: 1.5 (out of 5)
Pasty Presentation: 3 (out of 5)
The Shop: 3 (out of 3)
Would I come back for Pasties?: 0 (out of 2)
Total Pasty Ranking: 10.5 (of 20 points)
Reviewed Fall 2018